Egyptian Leaders: Morsi on Trial and Sisi Eying Presidency

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Events in Egypt place the potential rise of a new leader and fall of an old one closely juxtaposed, with ex-president Mohammed Morsi put on trial Tuesday — following the second trial that was put off for over a month — as self-appointed-Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi — who was once named the defense minister by Morsi during his time in office. This began the process towards becoming the next president. While acting defense minister for Morsi, General Sisi had pledged to maintain a democratic government sans the interference of military efforts in politics.

Now, Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has given General Sisi approval for the presidential run, according to a statement released Tuesday. The council called his run in the elections “a mission considered by the Council as a national duty,” according to the release. In the statement, the council notes that, “The final judge on this score will be the balloting boxes.”

General Sisi was involved in the removal of the nation’s first president put in office via a free election, Morsi, who’s contrastingly exigent present position is made more starkly divergent by the antics that took place during his trial Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Morsi was tried from his standing position in a solitary soundproof cage made of glass and metal. In a white uniform, he was said to have been pacing and shouting “Who are you? Tell me!” at the judge, angrily stating that he should not be on trial, and asking “Do you know where I am?” from his cage. The Judge, Shabaan el-Shami, replied “I am the head of Egypt’s criminal court!” to Morsi’s angry queries.

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